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February 10, 2017

Press Release: The Women Behind the Legends

The D Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANA FIKES
info@thednetwork.com
(424) 245-0526

The First Ladies of Some of Hip Hops Most Notable Legends Began Their
Five-City Web-Series Tour California Style with a Champagne Brunch!

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, January 23, 2017— The Women Behind the Legends consists of a group of women that have created a sisterhood with each other based upon one commonality – being married to some of the earliest commercially recorded Hip Hop artists still active. Based upon that premise, the wives developed their own YouTube web series that gives the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at their daily lives and experiences of being married to a Hip Hop legend. The series has garnered much attention including talks for a reality show being pitched to Centric, OWN, A&E, Aspire, Bravo and WE TV networks during pilot season. Sunday, January 22, 2017, the Women joined media outlets, celebrity friends and fans for the ultimate meet and greet highlighted with bubbly from Les Jeux – the Champagne of Champions- their title sponsor!

There was a significant change in venue due to the song lyrics “It Never Rains in Southern California” not being true at all! The previous event space, Daphne’s Desserts, was changed and the breakfast relocated to the atmospheric offices of World Financial Group in Sherman Oaks because of weather conditions. Moreover, the old idiom ‘when it rains it pours’ was viscerally obvious when the events supplier neglected to show up with the outdoor tent to house the anticipated 250 guests expected to attend. The minor setback was not nearly enough to stop the momentum gained for the general love of Hip Hop and The Women Behind the Legend’s new movement. The event activation ran like clockwork on the precipice of the many marches for women’s rights that commenced the day before across the nation and the globe. The women supporting women sentiment of the marches was mirrored by the host, Queen of West Coast Hip Hop, Yo Yo, who spoke on the importance of women carving out a distinctive lane for themselves while being married to famous, successful men in the public eye. Tana Session, Lynette Blackwell, Keke Simpson and Cori Eastmond form the main cast of The Women Behind the Legends, and candidly shared some of the struggles and successes of being married to Hip Hop legends who have been in the industry for over 30 years. These wives, managers, mothers, and business owners truly represent today’s empowered woman. The champagne poured and the day continued with guests dining on all-organic buckwheat pancakes, chicken sausage and spinach quiche from Daphne’s Desserts. Nothing in hip hop culture is complete without the DJ and this soirée had one of the best. The award-winning DJ Scratch of EPMD who has supplied music for Jay-Z, Beyoncé and here recently, A Tribe Called Quest on their new number one album gave a most impressive performance. DJ Scratch wowed the crowd with his jaw-dropping skills on the turntables (supplied by Six Star DJ) spinning music apropos of the occasion – from Hip Hop Legends in attendance and not.

The VIP Swag Bags made a sensational debut with some pretty nifty gifts that included: Stressed Mommy Wine from California Vineyards specifically for The Women Behind the Legends and host, and their signature sugar scrub for lips for all attendees; Twila True gift cards valued at $500; personalized The Women Behind the Legends specialty cookies from Pastry Chef David Benton; Stitches by Reggie sewing services; facial spritzers from Jondy; and greeting cards from SEM Inspirationals. The goodies didn’t stop there! Luxe Therapy provided their patented Scalp Soother; Adwoa Design gifted Hip Hop from the Stitch Shop with handmade Run DMC, Jam Master Jay and Radio Raheem knit dolls for DJ Scratch; fashionable chokers by CARE from Nikki M; $100 gift certificates for
Valencia Medical Center aesthetic skin treatments and toeless socks for pedicures from Foot Huggies.

Funds raised from the sale of Tana Sessions’ books (wife of legendary Hip Hop artist Dana Dane and co-creator of The Women Behind the Legends) will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood where she sits on the board as the secretary and resident Human Resources expert. Transportation for DJ Scratch and Yo Yo provided by Xecutive Shuttle and Transport.

The D Network Public Relations is a boutique agency with clients in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. We bring traditional and content public relations to our clients in a creative and innovative manner. Our goal is to build awareness for their business and brand to increase their presence among the public sphere. For more information and inquiries contact: Dana Fikes at The D Network PR dana@thednetwork.com
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August 28, 2015

Icon and Legendary Rapper Dana Dane Celebrates His 50th Birthday…

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            Dana Fikes

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Icon and Legendary Rapper Dana Dane Celebrates His 50th Birthday and 30 Years in Hip Hop as a Fashion Forward Trendsetter with the Original Storytelling Style 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, August 26, 2015 British Walker presents its first celebrity birthday bash for Hip Hop Legend Dana Dane September 1, 2015 at Ebanos Crossing in  downtown Los Angeles. The Hip Hop alumnus will celebrate his 50th birthday and 30-year anniversary as a pioneer who has made groundbreaking music in Hip Hop. Hosted by comedian/actor Tony Rock of Russell Simmons weekly All Def Digital Comedy Live Show and The Big Leaf (a new TV One series), with music provided by EPMDs own, the world-renowned DJ Scratch, ensures the night will be a memorable experience for partygoers. The star-studded birthday soiree expects attendance from NeyoFaith EvansSlick RickKeith Robinson, KwameSpecial Ed,  Kool Moe Dee and more close friends to usher in the special occasion being touted as simply, Dana Danes 50/30. The event is also sponsored by the UFC and the not-so-customary cupcake cakery Polkatots in Pasadena providing the backdrop amongst high-powered media on the black carpet. The Hip Hop community and the entertainment world are sure to come out and celebrate with Dana Dane as only he can do – with style and finesse.

“I’m excited to celebrate two great milestones on this special night”, Dana said.  “I’ll be among family and friends who have loved and supported me over the years in this thing called Hip Hop.”

Dana Dane emerged on the scene during The Golden Era of Hip Hop, solidifying his career as a rapper with his classic debut album the RIAA-certified gold “Dana Dane with Fame” in 1987. The Brooklyn-native, with his diverse style, has also rapped in tandem with Slick Rick in a group they called the Kango Crew. In the world of beats and rhymes, Dana Dane is regarded as the quintessential storyteller and a fashion influencer. In his signature Kangol cap and Bally shoes, Dana singlehandedly brought awareness to luxury brands during one of the most innovative epochs in the genre.  

“I have always mixed high-end fashion with thrifty attire to create what I call my GQ B-Boy fashion sense,” Dana added.

Dana, a recognizable voice for six years on Sirius XMs Backspin, has continued to stay fresh in the entertainment business with his creativity and flexibility. The newest business venture carrying Dana Dane into the new millennium includes Def Beat Entertainment, launched in 2003 as a multi-media company specializing in publishing, screenwriting, film producing and of course, music. Dana currently lives in Los Angeles where he continues to spearhead and collaborate on new projects with his son, Young Dane, a promising new artist who combines Hip Hop with R&B. Additionally, Dana Dane can be seen partnering with his wife, Tana, on their new web-based relationship show, affectionately known as Dana Says/Tana Says, with episodes showing on his YouTube channel: youtube.com/danadanemedia. “This is the real love and Hip Hop,” stated Dana Dane. “We discuss life issues as a couple in our unique and entertaining manner.”  

For more information on Dana Dane visit his website www.danadane.com, and follow him on social media at @danadanemedia for upcoming appearances and tour dates.

The D Network is a boutique public relations firm with clients in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Our focus is to bring creative and cutting-edge services to our clients as a means to grow their circle of business and branding to increase their presence among the public sphere. For interviews contact: Dana Fikes at The D Network PR dana@thednetwork.com
Red carpet for the evening will begin at 9:00pm-11:00pm Media/Press Contact: Dana Macc  rsvp5030@thednetwork.com
Talent Contact: Patty Laurent  LA@pattylaurentsignature.com

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February 18, 2014

DJ Mike Smoove Spins His Way Through…

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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            Dana Fikes

            424-245-0526

            dana@thednetwork.com

             

DJ Mike Smoove Spins His Way Through the California Streets Landing Smack Dab in the Middle of


Bob Sumner

s TV show ‘We Got Next’ on the New Aspire Network.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, February 18, 2014 When ‘Mr. Sail On Down the Road’ himself, Lionel Richie calls you to DJ his party you definitely answer and show up with your best crates-especially with Mr. Richie’s extensive catalog of music ready to go All Night Long!  DJ Mike Smoove has been a regular with celebrity clientele appearing on Basketball Wives LA Season 1 with the cast of Malaysia Pargo, Laura and Gloria Govan, doing what he does best-deejaying a sound that’s smooth. 

Dj Mike Smoove has been making headway in the hip hop world for over a decade gaining regional exposure as a guest DJ on the Stevie Wonder owned radio station KJLH on the Saturday Night Mixdown in Los Angeles. Mark Cubans AXS has had him on as a DJ for the AXS Live show sponsored by Monster. As a certified Core DJ, he periodically rocks the turntables on the uncensored hip-hop channel Shade 45.Smooves celebrated west coast sound mixtapes have solidified him as a respected turntabilist in the realm of deejays.

This time the call comes from Bob Sumner, one of the masterminds behind the 1992 HBO television series, the uber-successful, critically-acclaimed Def Comedy Jam. Mr. Sumner’s comedic collaboration with Def Jam Records co-creator Russell Simmons and director/producer Stan Lathan paved the way for many “kings” of comedy we know today.  Sumner’s new and fresh adventure- “We Got Next”- a clean, wholesome, comedy television series launching on Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE network, a source for positive African-American programming. Dj Mike Smoove has ensconced himself in the role similar to that of Kid Capri during the Def Comedy Jam franchise run as the charismatic DJ but will also host the show “We Got Next” where up and coming urban comedians showcase their clean brand of humor.

Currently, Mike Smoove is the resident DJ for Laff Mob www.laffmobb.com every Tuesday at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood hosted by comedic-powerhouse Red Grant -another comedic adventure by Mr. Sumner which he touts as a “movement” making a difference in the world of comedy. Mike Smoove can also be heard deejaying every Wednesday night at as one-third of the Hold It Down Radio team. Listen online at Accelerated Radio- www.acceleratedradio.net. The much-anticipated series We Got Next is set to air on Aspire on February 18, 2014 10pm ET. Tonight in Hollywod at The Comedy Store there will be an Exclusive Screening of Episode 1 of LaffMobb’s We Got Next with red carpet beginning at 7:30pm.

For more information and inquiries contact: Dana Fikes at The D Network PR dana@thednetwork.com

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September 22, 2012

Shawn Brooks Photography

 News release for Shawn Brooks August 18, 2012


The D Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANA FIKES
info@thednetwork.com
(424) 245-0526

The Sharper the Image the Clearer the View with Shawn Brooks Design-

Shawn Brooks the Celebrity Photographer

 Launches His New Portfolio Magazine-Behind the Lens

(LOS ANGELES, CA–September 21, 2012) – For over a decade Shawn Brooks has created top-notch images that have accentuated celebrity marketing campaigns to the indelible ink of urban magazines such as Hip Hop Weekly and Pure Dope Magazine. An eclectic photographer, Shawn has photographed the everyday life of ordinary culture to prominent politicians, influential business moguls and celebrity clients. Shawn expertly blurs the line of art and life in his images and taken his creativity to task in his first digital e-zine- Behind The Lens which will officially launch today. Available online, Shawn brings a trifecta approach to bear on the project with his extensive knowledge of photography, graphic design and web design-to his online magazine-all in one publication-under one cover placing him among the leaders of digital technology in the e-zine realm..

The long-awaited unveiling of Behind the Lens first began with the premiere test issue of Shawn Brooks Portfolio Magazine: Volume 1-the idea originated from the multiple requests and what is the magazine. Equipped with his Canon EOS 7D Canon EF70-200mm f2.8L , Shawn sets out to bring crisp, clear images that can double as wall portraits to advertising images in and of themselves. The magazine is entirely dedicated to photography and the the spaces it touches-which is everything. Behind the Lens features clients in thematic and up close and personal photo shoots focusing on the art of photography with Mr. Brooks’s signature touch. All 36 pages of the spread is advertising free set to hit the viral world twice a year with model Mia Kane gracing the cover of the September issue available now for you to peruse-chock full of crisp images.

Shawn Brooks, the celebrity photographer takes poetic license with every assignment from red carpet launches, celebrity photo shoots, strategic partnership branding and private engagements. One of the highlights of the year for Shawn is being the official photographer for TV One’s The Real McCoy and VH1’s Single Ladies star LisaRaye McCoy’s 3rd Annual Back 2 Business (B2B) Mix Down Weekend in St. Thomas and St. John Bay, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Shawn captured priceless moments of LisaRaye and her invited celebrity guests and performers such as Musiq Soulchild, Naughty By Nature, Luenell, Red Grant, comedienne Kiana Dancie, VH1’s Mob Wives Ramona Rizzo and Miss World U.S. Virgin Islands Esonica Veira.

Being bi-costal has its advantages- Shawn works in South Beach, Atlanta and Los Angeles throughout the year photographing clients from Pink Sky Boutique, Momma Dee of VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, celebrity make-up artist AJ Crimson, Honesty Jewelry, Hair Are Us, KMB Salon Systems, and world-renowned author YG Nyghtstorm just to name a few. His celebrity client list continues to grow all the while Shawn transforms his clients’ concepts and ideas from mere thoughts to provoking images through the camera’s eye. Behind the Lens is his latest outlet to publish those images.

Behind the Lens is available on  magcloud.com and for samples of his work please visit www.shawnbrooksphotography.com
 

For information on Shawn Brooks, or to interview him please contact Publicist Dana Fikes of The D Network PR Agency  at 424.245.0565 or email info@thednetwork.com  

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New Publication

By Shawn Brooks in Behind The Lens

36 pages, published 9/19/2012

The portfolio magazine of celebrity photographer Shawn Brooks.